Nepal Summit Air crash accident kills two, injures five

Hospital officials get ready to unload the dead body of a plane crash victim outside the Teaching Hospital in Kathmandu Nepal Sunday

"Another police officer died in a hospital in Kathmandu".

Three people have died, and four others have been left injured after a plane and helicopter crashed into each other near Mt Everest.

The crash occurred on Sunday morning as the jet was trying to take off from Lukla for the capital, Kathmandu, according to aviation official Raj Kumar Chhetri. The injured include Captain RB Rokaya, who was flying the aircraft, Captain Chet Gurung of Manang Air, who was inside the helicopter, a security official and a flight attendant.

Both are private airline companies that cater to tourists and Nepalese in the country's remote areas.

Nepal police spokesman Uttam Raj Subedi was cited by New Zealand news service Stuff as saying that the dead included a pilot of the plane and two police officers standing near the parked helicopter.

"At least two persons have been dead, while few others are injured", local media reported.

Lukla airport, also known as Tenzing-Hillary airport, is often referred to as one of the most hard and risky airports in the world because of a short runway (527 metres) and challenging terrain.

Lukla airport is the nearest airport to Mount Everest, while April-May is the peak climbing season in the Himalayan country. It is open only to helicopters and small fixed-wing aircraft. The airfield is notorious for its short runway and perilous approach, sitting at an elevation of over 2,800 meters.

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